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Nov 30 2014

Driving A Lamborghini On The F1 Track With Ultimate Drive Singapore

Our schedule in Singapore was packed every day so we tried to maintain a balance of culturally educational activities and some activities that were just plain fun. Ultimate Drive fits in the latter category: Pure. Unadulterated. Fun. Several weeks ago, when we were first planning our visit to Singapore, I was having the adrenaline itch again. It had been too long since my last spine tingling adventure and I was feeling the need to attach myself to something with a greater velocity than our scooter. I searched for a sky diving...

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Nov 06 2014

Diving In Krabi With Aqua Vision Dive Center

When we were first planning our trip to Krabi we realized that it would be the perfect opportunity for my first dive trip and it didn’t take long for us to realize that there are well over a dozen different dive centers around Krabi Town and Ao Nang. It seemed that they all offered similar diving classes and prices and traveled to similar diving sites. Then we happened across Aqua Vision Dive Center in Ao Nang. Their clean-cut website described how they feature small group diving using speedboats to arrive at...

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Nov 02 2014

Why The Jackery Giant Portable Charger Belongs In Your Travel Bag

The first time we went on a long trip overseas, we quickly realized that some of the most important needs of a travel blogger are a connection to the internet and a consistent source of power to charge all our devices. Usually we have the internet situation figured out, but it is always hard to plan how you will charge your devices in the field. Jackery Giant to the rescue! When we travel we always take two iPhones, an iPad with Zagg Keyboard, and a GoPro that need to be charged via USB....

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Oct 06 2014

Zagg Keyboard Review: The Best Ipad Keyboard On The Market

About three months ago I became the proud owner of an Ipad Air. I bought it so I could have an ultra lightweight alternative to my Macbook Pro in terms of word processing and internet use. Since I am a travel blogger, I am usually typing for hours every day, and I needed to find a keyboard for my Ipad Air that would be comfortable to type on, slim and durable. I did a lot of research and finally made my decision. I have actively used this keyboard in all types...

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Oct 05 2014

Chiang Mai Sky Adventure: Taking Sightseeing To The Next Level

There are many fun activities to do and beautiful places to see in the city of Chiang Mai. I could easily sit down and write a lengthy list of the most interesting and breathtaking things to do on a visit.  I believe that my latest adventure could easily sit in the top of that list. I was not familiar with microlights nor had I even seen one in person before we drove up to Chiang Mai Sky Adventure airstrip a few Kilometers outside of Chiang Mai’s Old City. I have flown...

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Sep 29 2014

12 Simple Travel Tips To Help You Prepare For Any Trip

Have you ever gotten on a flight, ready to relax until you arrive at your wonderful vacation destination only to remember you forgot to do something important? Here are 12 travel tips to help you prepare for any trip and eliminate that stress. 1. Check in 24 hours before your flight for better boarding status and print your tickets to avoid check in counter lines. 2. Scan or take photos of your passport, drivers license, health insurance cards and itinerary then email to yourself or upload to Google Drive or Dropbox so you...

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Sep 10 2014

Hiking an Active Volcano: New Zealand

I gazed into the massive crater of the White Island volcano, holding my camera in one hand, trying to capture the wisps of steam and smoke creeping up the cliff side. In the other hand I held my gas mask tight against my face as a cloud of fumes engulfed me. When the cloud had passed, the chaotic beauty of white island's moonscape was fully exposed. In my recent travels to the North Island of New Zealand, my sister and I were looking to have an unique and exciting trip. With...

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Sep 04 2014

How to Get a Thai Tourist Visa

Long term travel takes a lot of preparation. Besides the more exciting aspects of planning a trip to Thailand, we also had to figure our how to legally stay in the country for as long as possible. Trying to find information about how to get a Thai tourist visa can be a very stressful and confusing experience. After researching the several available types, we decided to go the route of obtaining a triple entry tourist visa. The requirements for tourist visas change periodically and government websites can be confusing and sometimes contain conflicting...

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Aug 19 2014

Palomar Observatory Trail

During our stay in San Diego we realized that it was time for us to start eating healthier and exercising more often. After many years of living and working in the city, our trips out to the mountains and forests for hiking have grown few and far between. We decided to change this so we headed out to Palomar Mountain to hike the famous Palomar Observatory Trail. The Palomar Mountain Observatory Trail is a great easily accessible hiking trail that leads up to the Hale Telescope and the world-class Palomar Observatory....

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Aug 12 2014

New Zealand: Craters of the Moon

As I walked down the path into the craters of the moon I watched in awe as the wind threw wisps of steam from the billowing thermal vents into spirals. I could hear boiling mud in the distance as I ventured further into nature’s sulfurous spa. The Craters of the Moon is a must-see geothermal field close to Taupo, New Zealand on the North Island. Wooden walkways have been constructed over the hot soil and vents so that visitors may safely pass through the field and view the various craters and...

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Aug 10 2014

How To Save For Longterm Travel

Travel is not cheap. Period. Even flying on the cheapest airlines, staying in the cheapest accommodations, and doing all the cheap activities you can find will add up to a considerable amount. So how can you go on your dream trip without moving back in with your parents? Research, Prioritize and Execute.   Research! Decide on a travel goal. Narrow down all your travel desires and destination ideas into one specific trip. This doesn't mean that you have to choose only one destination but you will need to transform your dreams into an attainable...

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Jul 07 2014

First Skydive in Taupo New Zealand

"Keep your legs bent and whatever you do, do not throw up on me!" he yelled. These were the parting words of my tandem master as we jumped out of the tiny yellow plane and began our 15,000 foot plunge toward the earth. This was the literal high point of my skydiving adventure in Taupo New Zealand. Before I had even purchased my ticket to New Zealand to visit my sister, I knew for sure that I wanted to go skydiving. It had been sitting on my bucket list for far...

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Jul 01 2014

Pictures Worth Pinning: Cape Town, South Africa

Pictures worth pinning: travel motivation from Poplar Travels” where we share our favorite and most inspiring photos from Pinterest every week! Do you have travel inspiration you think is worth adding to our list? Share it with us using #PoplarTravels and we might feature you in our weekly motivation! In this post we bring you 9 amazing photos of Cape Town, South Africa to inspire your travels! Post your thoughts in the comment section below the post.   Table Mountain, Cape Town The view from the top of Table Mountain has been described as one of the...

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Jun 05 2014

New Zealand: Whiritoa Beach

On my way down the coast to Tauranga, I happened upon the small beach community of Whiritoa. This small town has a beautifully sandy beach with large waves that are great for surfing.Whiritoa has a small permanent population of a few hundred, but there are plenty of guesthouses and rental homes to accommodate the peak season vacationers. The town has a library, fire department, a convenience store, and the only ice cream stand that I could find between Whangamate and Katikati.

 

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Mar 21 2014

Poplar Travels Takes On Bacon Infused Bourbon.

I have always had an unhealthy obsession with bacon. From bacon and eggs, to bacon wrapped beef tenderloin with bacon balsamic glaze, I always love cooking and eating bacon. My drink of choice with these bacon meals and otherwise, tends to be a good whiskey neat in a glass.

It is only natural that the next step would be to combine the two…

 

Bacon Bourbon board

 

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